What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Louis DeKadenZy. Through my years I have always subscribed to ways and tastes of a decadent nature. My axiom is “Morality Breeds DeKadenZy”.
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
June 06, while searching for “Prophet Olga” of Echo Park (she posted awesome “Jesus is coming 7-7-07 @ 8pm” flyers everywhere- He ended up pulling a ‘no show’) I came across a link to an article that only said ‘Midnight Ridazz, they meet 2rd Friday of every month and tour LA.’. I showed up at Pioneer Chicken just to see what it was and was stoked to see all these bikes and people. We rode, and I was HOOKED. I cant imagine what my life would have been like if they had relocated the meet spot that month.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
Ride With No Name still brings me out. Sins & Sprockets always was a great ride. We are planning some barhop rides soon, so I am excited as hell about that.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Keep a cool head at all times, our actions reflect the name and reputation of this wonderful community.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Fun stops would be what I would try to go for, Movie’s, Book readings, Conventions and events of interest.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Both are always satisfying to me. Nothing beats the rush of riding 500 deep, swarming the lanes of a road feeling like you belong in a collective of great like minded people, just like the bee’s line to their hive. As equal to that is always the intimate closeness of friends and groups hanging out together enjoying the company of each other in smaller packs.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
One time LA Critical Mass disintegrated right before my eyes. Total collapse, everyone just bailed and went their separate ways.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
I have been lucky to have awesome like-minded friends in my life to hang out with. I am still (and always been) a film fan. I go to movies as often as permitted (sometimes 4 to 6 times a week).
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Of course bringing awareness, and in some instances bringing out people who would have never of considered cycling as fun or a means of transportation. The worst is always the few of us who piss off motorists or law enforcement making it negative in their eyes. The tagging and thefts is intolerable.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Laharr420 is who I look up to and strive to be like. He has always had a wonderful attitude (to the point that I believe he has no enemies) and is with no doubt helping ‘downed’ ridazz whenever they need it the most. Eric Hair is also one that I have been blessed to get to know. He is just too AWESOME!
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Depends on their moods at the time they come across us. If they have that rage most suffer in driving these coffins they cannot help but be assholes. Alternately you can always see smiles in those that have no problem with a 3 minute delay in their routine and to them a returned smile or a wave is the best thank you we can gift ‘em.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
May this wonderful community live long and strong, enough that my own children can one day come to know and share with me their awe and amazing stories of what they experienced on future rides.